WHITE HOUSE: ‘ Intruder Omar Gonzalez Could Spend 15-Years in Prison ‘

#AceNewsServices – WASHINGTON – October 01 – Omar J. Gonzalez could spend 15 years in prison following his White House intrusion, which has raised  serious questions about the Secret Service.

A federal grand jury on Tuesday indicted Gonzalez, 42, formerly of Copperas Cove, Texas, on one federal charge of unlawfully entering a restricted building or grounds, while carrying a deadly or dangerous weapon, and two violations of D.C. law: carrying a dangerous weapon outside a home or place of business, and unlawful possession of ammunition.

U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. and Kathy A. Michalko, a special agent in charge of the Secret Service’s Washington field office, announced the charges against Gonzalez, who has been in custody since his arrest on Sept. 19.

According to the federal prosecutor’s evidence, it was around 7:19 p.m. when Gonzalez climbed over the north fence of the White House. A Secret Service officer ran toward him and yelled at him to stop, but Gonzalez ran toward the executive mansion. 

Moments later, he went through the north doors and entered the building. The government says he was apprehended inside the White House, though they did not note how far inside the complex the Iraq war veteran made it.

Secret Service Director Julia A. Pierson testified to a congressional panel on Tuesday that Gonzalez entered the double front doors — an unlocked glass storm door and an ornamental wood door, that was in the process of being locked by hand. Pierson later said automatic locks have now been installed.

“As Mr. Gonzalez entered the door, he knocked back the officer that was standing at the doorway,” she said Tuesday. “The officer then engaged Mr. Gonzalez. They crossed the East Entrance Hall together. Made the left turn down the cross hall. They stepped momentarily into the East Room. Another officer rendered aid, And he was placed on the ground on the carpet and handcuffed on the cross wall — hall — just outside of the Green Room.”

The agent who stopped Gonzalez had just finished his shift and happened to be walking through the White House when the commotion started, according to an account first reported by the Washington Post.

The Secret Service is still investigating the incident, and Pierson provided more details to lawmakers in a private briefing after the hearing.

According to the police report, Gonzalez was searched and a black folding knife with a three and one-half inch serrated blade was discovered in his right front pants pocket. He then gave oral consent to search his vehicle, which was located on Constitution Avenue Northwest. The vehicle contained hundreds of rounds of ammunition, both in boxes and in magazines, two hatchets and a machete.

Gonzalez is scheduled to appear on Oct. 1, before Magistrate Judge Deborah A. Robinson in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

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‘ Secret Service Chief Julia Pierson Admits No Automated Lock Was On The Front Door of White House ‘

AceNewsServices – WASHINGTON – September 30 – U.S. lawmakers scolded the head of the U.S. Secret Service on Tuesday over a security breach that allowed a knife-wielding intruder to run deep into the White House, and Director Julia Pierson promised them it would never happen again Reuters reported.  

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) stands with U.S. Secret Service agent Julia Pierson (L) after she is sworn in as the first woman Director of the Secret Service by Vice President Joe Biden (C) in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, March 27, 2013. CREDIT: REUTERS/LARRY DOWNING

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) stands with U.S. Secret Service agent Julia Pierson (L) after she is sworn in as the first woman Director of the Secret Service by Vice President Joe Biden (C) in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, March 27, 2013.
CREDIT: REUTERS/LARRY DOWNING

Pierson acknowledged the agency charged with protecting the president had failed on Sept. 19 when it allowed a man to jump the fence at the home of the President of the United States, burst through the front door and run into the East Room, which is used for events and receptions.

“This is unacceptable and I take full responsibility,” she told a U.S. House of Representatives committee investigating the incident, promising a complete review of agency procedures.

“We are all outraged within the Secret Service at how this incident came to pass. It is self evident mistakes were made,” Pierson said.

Pierson said that the front door of the White House now has an automated lock when there is a security breach. It did not have one at the time of the intrusion.

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‘ White House Security Breach as Chief Faces Lawmakers ‘

#AceWorldNews – WASHINGTON – September 30 – Most Washington scandals that end up on Capitol Hill tend to end the same way: with an apology.

Secret Service Director Julia Pierson will face lawmakers Tuesday for the first public accounting of the details surrounding an embarrassing and worrisome security breach at the White House earlier this month that, according to a congressman, was worse than the Secret Service has publicly acknowledged.

The question is, will she follow the script?

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